Stomach Ulcers & Indigestion: How to prevent and cure them naturally
Ulcers in the stomach typically form when there is erosion of the mucosal lining in the digestive tract.
The idea that 'over secretion of stomach acid' causes ulcers, indigestion and heartburn simply lines the pockets of the multi-billion dollar "antacid" medication industry.
The biggest cause of stomach ulcers is Aspirin (and plastic coated pills and capsules) that not only can get stuck in the digestive tract, but erode the mucous membranes within the stomach, leading to pain and discomfort.
Then, of course, there is smoking, emotional stress and regular drinking of 'hard' alcohol (spirits) that can also contribute to the problem.
There's a school of thought out there that a diet high in fibre irritates ulcers and delays the healing process, but so long as you're eating grains that are unprocessed or unrefined the opposite is actually true.
If you suffer from stomach ulcers, reflux, heartburn or indigestion, the first step is to AVOID:
- Coffee that is commercial grade and chemically infused (like that sold in most coffee shops and supermarkets). Be sure to request organically harvested, fresh ground coffee in your morning cup. This shouldn't be hard to find...more and more establishments are offering it these days;
- Homogenized and Pasteurized Dairy (as they stimulate acid secretion). Again, go for organic, untreated varieties that have the living enzymes intact, like "Bath Milk" if you're going to drink milk;
- Hard Alcohol i.e. Spirits;
- Rancid Oils and Fatty Foods;
- Artificial Sweeteners;
- Refined Sugars and Flour.
Then, kick up your intake of dried beans and legumes in soups and snack on Pulse.
Finally, add to your diet naturally fermented foods like Sauerkraut, Kefirs and/or organic, aged Cheeses and Yogurts that have been earth-friendly raised and prepared with no animal rennet and no gelatin.
There are plenty of families that specialize in these wonderful products now and they're not hard to find in any good wholefood supermarket, local farmer's market or health food store.
You can also drink naturally fermented organic beer, wine and kombucha which were anciently all referred to as "sacraments" because of their healing qualities, and another great tip is to add a tablespoon of organic Apple Cider Vinegar in cold water first thing in the morning or just before you go to bed at night.
All of these foods and drinks will help to restore acid/alkaline balance in your stomach by re-establishing the mucosal lining and the ecology (good bacteria) of your gut.
As I mentioned in my last blog, there's also a juice mix called CABALA which is a powerful healing blend that will heal almost ANY ailment, including stomach ulcers as I explain under "Stomach Ulcers" in volume 2 of my Farmacist Desk Reference books.
CABALA is a mix of Carrots, Apples (Green, Red & Yellow), Beets and Lemons. Juice it yourself at home or for convenience, order my CABALA bioactive powder version.
By embracing a variety of these simple tips on a regular basis, you'll avoid stomach ulcers, indigestion and heartburn - or if you already suffer from these conditions, you'll knock them out for good!